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    Cool mayor or mayoress

    Hi,

    Which sentence is correct?

    Mayor Nancy Burns opened a new rehabilitation center.

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    Mayoress Nancy Burns opened a new rehabilitation center.

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    Default Re: mayor or mayoress

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Which sentence is correct?

    Mayor Nancy Burns opened a new rehabilitation center.

    Or

    Mayoress Nancy Burns opened a new rehabilitation center.
    mayor-common gender.
    Mayor Nancy Burns...is correct

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    Default Re: mayor or mayoress

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Which sentence is correct?

    Mayor Nancy Burns opened a new rehabilitation center.

    Or

    Mayoress Nancy Burns opened a new rehabilitation center.
    Hi,
    It is possible to use both, in recent years it has become common (in the uk at least) to call a woman elected to the position of Mayor, "Mayoress". Not to be confused with "Lady Mayoress" which is the title given to the wife of the Lord Mayor of certain large cities in the UK.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 21-May-2008 at 15:44. Reason: correction

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    Default Re: mayor or mayoress

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi,
    It is possible to use both, in recent years it has become common (in the uk at least) to call a woman elected to the position of Mayor, "Mayoress". Not to be confused with "Lady Mayoress" which is the title given to the wife of the Lord Mayor of certain large cities in the UK.
    Not in our town. The Mayor is a woman, and is still the Mayor. It is not deemed politically acceptable to indicate sex in these kind of titles, as can be seen with actors , authors and ballet dancers, who can be either male or female.

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    Cool Re: mayor or mayoress

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Not in our town. The Mayor is a woman, and is still the Mayor. It is not deemed politically acceptable to indicate sex in these kind of titles, as can be seen with actors , authors and ballet dancers, who can be either male or female.
    So mayoress would be the wife of the mayor?

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    Default Re: mayor or mayoress

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    So mayoress would be the wife of the mayor?
    Yes - it is an honorific title [she has no public standing in government]. And of course it raises all sorts of interesting problems if the mayor is a married woman - what do you call her husband?

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    Cool Re: mayor or mayoress

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes - it is an honorific title [she has no public standing in government]. And of course it raises all sorts of interesting problems if the mayor is a married woman - what do you call her husband?
    The mayoress

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